Persona 4 Golden: Kanji (Emperor) social link choices & unlock guide

Kanji Tatsumi is a hot-headed guy, but you’ll pretty quickly learn that he has a heart of gold, even by the standards of the generally lovely cast of Persona 4 Golden. Learning the truth about Kanji requires you to level up his social link relationship - and this guide helps with that.

On this guide, we list every rank and conversation option to level up quickly. By doing this, you can save time spent with Kanji, freeing up time to spend on other things - like raising your character stats or studying so you can ace the school tests and exams. Don't forget, we've got one of these pages for every character in the game - just check out our full Persona 4 Golden social link guide.

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Kanji Tatsumi S-Link Guide - The Emperor

If you want to make sure you max out your Kanji Tatsumi social link for the Emperor Arcana in Persona 4 Golden, this page lists every s-link rank as well as the conversation options and choices to grow your friendship quickly.

Persona 4’s social links are measured by a hidden stat for each character - think of it as social experience points. When you spend time with a friend, your experience raises, pushing you closer to a rank up. Speaking to characters in ways they like will grant you more points and grow your social link relationship quicker. 

Choices listed in this guide have extra points for leveling up your s-link available. Choices not listed do not - so answer however you like. The point values listed next to each choice are for when you have a Persona of the matching Arcana - for Kanji that’s Chariot - on you at the time. Without the right Persona, the points gained will be reduced. 

  • Kanji Tatsumi can be hung out with on Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday. He’s not available when it rains.
  • Find Kanji hanging out in the Practice Building 1F of Yasogami High School. On holidays and Sundays, he’ll be in the north of the Shopping District. 

Rank 1:

  • Kanji’s S-Link unlocks automatically as you progress the standard Persona 4 story, but you will have to manually trigger it once unlocked from June 9.
  • On or after June 9, go to the classroom building 2F of Yasogami High. There’s a female student here, near one of the sets of stairs. Speak to her - she talks about Kanji. Then find Kanji in the Practice Building 1F. 
  • When prompted, say “Yes I do” to earn rank 1 and kick off this s-link.
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Rank 1 > 2:

Choices that impact your relationship this rank:

  • She’s always apologizing for me. She’s been sprouting more and more white hairs...
    • “Apologize to her.” +3
    • “You just need to change.” +3
    • “That’s what kids do.” +2

Kanji learns the Dizzy Boost skill when your social link hits rank 2.

Rank 2 > 3:

Choices that impact your relationship this rank:

  • ......
    • Any Answer
  • Sorry. Looks like it was no big deal...
    • Any Answer
  • He's always had trouble getting along with people. He didn't have any friends like you before.
    • Any Answer

Rank 3 > 4:

Choices that impact your relationship this rank:

  • Ugh… when you met Ma at the hospital… she say anything about me?
    • “Plenty.” +3
    • “Nothing in particular.” +2
  • Oh, uhh… I’m gonna go now.
    • “I’ll go with you.” +3
    • “Violence isn’t the answer.” +3
  • Oh… Anyways, sorry ‘bout dragging you into this…
    • “You’re giving him a new one?” +3
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Kanji learns the Masukunda skill when your social link hits rank 4 after this chat.

Rank 4 > 5:

Choices that impact your relationship this rank:

  • Er...
    • Either Answer
  • Hah, he said I’m cool...
    • “It was pretty amazing.” +3
    • “Don’t get cocky.” +2

Rank 5 > 6:

Choices that impact your relationship this rank:

  • Strange situation I got myself into, ain't it?
    • Any Answer

Once your Kanji s-link ranks up to the sixth level, he’ll learn the Power Charge skill.

Rank 6 > 7:

Choices that impact your relationship this rank:

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  • That okay with you, “big bro”? 
    • “I want to learn too.” +3
    • “Yeah, go ahead.” +3
    • “Don’t call me bro.” +3
  • There's something else I gotta confront too, ain't there?
    • Any Answer.

Rank 7 > 8:

Choices that impact your relationship this rank:

  • ... Come with me.
    • “You got a warrant?” +3
    • “Kanji didn’t do anything.” +3
  • Hmph, so you admit it. Not a shred of remorse, either.
    • Either Answer.
  • What a load of… There’s no way you’re getting me to believe that!
    • “Tell him, Kanji.” +3
    • “Believe it!” +3
    • “The truth is the truth.” +2

Kanji picks up the very useful Regenerate 3 skill once your social link hits rank 8. Also, at this rank or later you can speak to Kanji's mother outside her Textiles Store in the shopping district to get a new costume for Kanji.

Rank 8 > 9:

Choices that impact your relationship this rank:

  • It’s the first time I went on my own… Well, I had a lot to tell him.
    • “How was it?” +3
    • “Why didn’t you go before?” +3
    • “Tell him?” +2
  • As long as there’s someone like that snot-nosed kid to accept me, I ain’t afraid of nothing!
    • “Find more of them.” +3
    • “Good for you.” +3

Rank 9 > 10:

Choices that impact your relationship this rank:

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  • No choices at this rank can change how much of a social link boost you earn with Kanji for this rank up.

Maxing out your s-link with Kanji grants him the Evade Wind skill, and gets you the Cute Strap item that in turn lets you fuse the Persona Rokuten Maoh and Odin.

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